In order to address the non-conformities identified through our environmental audits, various remediation actions were initiated in 2012 as described below.
- We reinforced our Chemical Code of Practice, which is a procedure aiming to improve chemical management at our facilities in order to reduce spills and chemical accidents. All employees managing chemicals at all of our facilities were trained on this procedure;
- We reinforced environmental awareness amongst our employees by conducting approximately 18,302 man-hours of training globally;
- We improved waste temporary storage area at some facilities (one in Bangladesh, two in Nicaragua and at two in Honduras) to increase the area dedicated to recycling waste;
- The fuel storage area was improved at some facilities by adding oil-water separators to minimize the potential for soil and surface water contamination at one facility in Nicaragua and at two in Honduras;
- We enhanced the signage in all areas where chemicals, oils and fuel oils are used at one facility in Bangladesh and at three in Honduras;
- We continued to further promote recycling across our facilities and offices, including the services areas, to encourage our employees to adopt better practices in this regard.